Cops Suspended Over Bodycam Footage
Two African American Dallas Fort Worth police officers are being disciplined for helping to expose the racist actions of one of their colleagues, NBC reports.
Cell phone footage of an officer responding to a Black woman’s call for assistance after a white neighbor assaulted her son. He instead arrived on the scene and insinuated to the the woman that the neighbor had a right to place his hands on her child, before aggressively arresting both her and her protesting daughter.
Shortly after that, the cop’s own bodycam footage leaked to the public, resulting in a 10-day suspension for the cop in question. Assistant Chief Abdul Pridgen and Deputy Chief Vance Keyes were each demoted to sergeant after their alleged roles in the leak were discovered. Keyes also faces a three-day suspension.
The files were discovered to have been downloaded from Pridgen’s computer. However, both Pridgen and Keyes have denied being the source of the leaks.
Dallas Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald expressed his disappointment in the officers over exposing the questionable actions of their fellow officer, calling them “two men I trusted, called colleagues and called friends.”
Of course, the two women who called the police to assist them with an unruly neighbor expected fair treatment from the officer…but we suppose that accounts for little in the Police brotherhood.